Christmas is a time for joy and merriment with the people you love most. Whether you’re spending Yuletide with family or friends this year, your day will most likely be filled with laughter, squabbles, delicious food, silly games and much more. It’s a time to recuperate, relax, to celebrate your relationships and to give generously to one another. Christmas is undeniably a time for magic: if there’s any time of the year where dreams can come true, it’s this one. This got us thinking: if there were three guests we could invite to dinner from the wonderful world of fashion, who would they be? We’d want people with a tale or two to share, who have demonstrated incredible talent and finesse in their work, who are inspired by the world around them and who’d help us to have a fabulous Christmas. We thought long and hard and these are the three fashion mavens who would make the cut, which also includes what we’d wear whilst hanging out with them.
This Croyden-born model is perhaps one of the greatest models of all time. She was first discovered at the age of 14 and has been modelling ever since, for everyone from Calvin Klein and Chanel to Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. Not only has she been a muse to photographers and fashion designers alike, she is renowned for her infamous party spirit. Think of the tales she could tell us about ex-boyfriends Johnny Depp and Pete Doherty; her time spent at Glastonbury festival; or the inner workings of the infamous Primrose Hill style set. Kate would have stories to tell about working with some of the 20th and 21st centuries’ greatest talents, from Mario Testino and Alexander McQueen to Patrick Demarchelier, in addition to the nine months it took for artist Lucian Freud to paint her portrait whilst she was pregnant with her daughter Lila Grace. There wouldn’t be a dull moment with Kate around: we’d be popping champagne corks after opening presents, turning the Christmas songs up loud and taking the party all the way through to Boxing Day. Renowned for her simple but incredibly polished signature style, we’d wear a pair of sleek tapered trousers, a woolly oversized jumper and pointed heels to suit the occasion. Shop similar styles at MaryJane Fashion.
Spending Christmas Day with Karl Lagerfeld would be a whirlwind of discussions about fashion, culture, literature and art, with a few exciting anecdotes thrown in. Karl has worked in the fashion industry since 1955 when he won a design competition and caught the eye of legendary couturier Pierre Balmain. Since then, he has worked in both ready-to-wear and haute couture for Chloé, Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous line as well as frequently making films and photographic series. He lived and worked throughout the sixties and seventies, when the world underwent significant cultural revolutions, which would make for some fascinating insight into the way in which fashion has changed: we’d ask him about the hemlines that became shorter and shorter, the floral chiffon fabrics of the 1970s and the way that the atelier has had to adapt to increasing demand for fashion. We have a feeling that Karl would be excellent at playing games like Pictionary, thanks to his extraordinary talent for sketching and drawing, plus a lot of our time would also be spent making time to play with his beautiful cat Choupette. After dinner? A arthouse film that asks questions about art and beauty. There’d be nothing else to wear in front of Karl than head-to-toe Chanel.
Olivier Rousteing is the young, hot-shot creative director at Balmain who has revamped the French fashion house’s image as the go-to for fun and flirty partywear, with celebrity fans including Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian. He knows how to help women to feel like they can turn heads at party whilst looking luxurious and elegant. Importantly, he embodies a certain approach to modernity within the fashion industry thanks to his diverse and unique background, and understands the way in which social media can help people to feel like an inclusive part of the fashion industry. Therefore, on Christmas Day, we’d be taking plenty of pictures of our food/gifts/general antics for him to upload onto his active and much-used Instagram account. We can imagine that there would be a lot of dancing around to festive songs and long laughter filled discussions about feminism and womanhood: we would love to congratulate him on his appreciation for women of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, and his encouragement of diversity on the runway and in his advertising campaigns. In terms of style, we’d lift a pair of glittery sheer tights straight from the nineties and wear a luxurious velvet dress over the top: we can’t decide between a skater dress or a bodycon number, but then it would depend upon how much we’ve eaten!
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